18 September 2018 | News
The RapidSeq test is being launched under the first phase of the BRIDGES programme.
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A multi-disciplinary team at KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH), Singapore has developed a test to enable faster diagnosis of rare diseases to help critically ill children. Rapid Genomic Sequencing or RapidSeq of critically ill children in the neonatal and children's intensive care units is a test, the first of its kind in Singapore, to help families by providing information on the underlying genetic diagnosis of these critically ill children.
The RapidSeq test is being launched under the first phase of the BRIDGES programme. In 2014, the team collaborated with genomic research institutes (including Duke-NUS and A*Star) to create an integrated approach and developed a programme known as BRIDGES (Bringing Research Innovations for the Diagnosis of GEnetic diseases in Singapore). Tapping on innovations in genomic technologies, BRIDGES incorporated the sequencing service into routine clinical care to directly benefit patients and families and improve their health outcomes.
Since 2014, the programme has included over 380 families from KKH and, using the sequencing technique, has completed analysis for 303 families, and made a diagnosis in 120 families (39 per cent). The results led to a successful diagnosis in one out of three families. This test was developed with support from the National Medical Research Council (NMRC) and Biomedical Research Council (BMRC).